HIGH­LIGHTS IN HIS­TORY

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To­day’s high­light:

On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States en­tered World War II as Congress de­clared war against Im­pe­rial Ja­pan, a day af­ter the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor.

On this date:

1854: Pope Pius IX pro­claimed the Catholic dogma of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, which holds that Mary, the mother of Je­sus, was free of orig­i­nal sin from the mo­ment of her own con­cep­tion.

1863: Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln is­sued his Procla­ma­tion of Amnesty and Re­con­struc­tion for the South. 1972: A United Air­lines Boe­ing 737 crashed while at­tempt­ing to land at Chicago-Mid­way Air­port, killing 43 of the 61 peo­ple on board, as well as two peo­ple on the ground; among the dead were Dorothy Hunt, wife of Water­gate con­spir­a­tor

E. Howard Hunt, U.S. Rep.

Ge­orge W. Collins, D-Ill., and CBS News cor­re­spon­dent

Michele Clark. 1980: Rock star John Len­non was shot to death out­side his New York City apart­ment build­ing by an ap­par­ently de­ranged fan.

1982: A man de­mand­ing an end to nu­clear weapons held the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment hostage, threat­en­ing to blow it up with ex­plo­sives he claimed were in­side a van. Af­ter a 10-hour stand­off,

Nor­man D. Mayer was shot dead by po­lice; it turned out there were no ex­plo­sives. 1987: Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev signed a treaty at the White House call­ing for de­struc­tion of in­ter­me­di­ate-range nu­clear mis­siles. 1991: AIDS pa­tient Kim­berly Ber­galis, who had con­tracted the dis­ease from her den­tist, died in Fort Pierce, Florida, at age 23.

1992: Amer­i­cans got to see live TV cov­er­age of U.S. troops land­ing on the beaches of Somalia as Op­er­a­tion Re­store Hope be­gan (be­cause of the time dif­fer­ence, it was early Dec. 9 in Somalia). 1998: Strug­gling to stave off im­peach­ment, Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s de­fend­ers force­fully pleaded his case be­fore the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. The Supreme Court ruled that po­lice can­not search peo­ple and their cars af­ter merely tick­et­ing them for rou­tine traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

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